Strange thing happened today. I’ve felt quite stressed and bit low, and I would normally shop to make myself feel better. Instead I donated £10 each to two different charities. Feels so much better than clothes shopping ever could. That’s gotta create some good karma right?
My biggest test so far has been getting ready for a hot holiday. I would normally buy a new holiday outfit or swimsuit and probably do some shopping while there. I was dreading packing, as I thought I didn’t have the right things to take with me. It turned out I had everything I needed. As long as I remember I don’t actually need anything, I find shopping with others manageable. Now the money I am saving is adding up I’m actually starting to enjoy it.
I’m now into month 3, 9 to go.
Went into a couple of clothes shops with a friend yesterday. I saw things I liked, but strangely wasn’t tempted. So that was a result.
It is actually really hard at time, because it is actually impossible to avoid advertising. I have unsubscribed to so many emails, but they still seem to come through or pop up somewhere else.
Most of the time I’m fine. I don’t think I realised just how much fashion and shopping is such a big part of my life. I would browse clothes websites on my phone, when waiting for someone or just simply bored. I think it goes much deeper than need when it come to how a lot girls shop. For me at times shopping can be similar to ice cream after a break up or a glass of wine after a difficult day at work. I use it as a reward system and as a way of consoling myself.
I am actually really nervous about this. This is the honest ugly truth of what I have done to try and make it impossible for me to shop.
I have removed all shopping apps from my phone and locked my bank cards in the safe. I have set up a direct debit into a saving account I can’t access easily. I have also make a tick chart for my wall for every day I don’t buy clothing. I’ve completed nearly all my Christmas shopping in October to avoid temptation. I’ve attempted to unsubscribe any clothes shop emails (which unfortunately hasn’t seemed to work). I will probably need to avoid Facebook too at times, due to the pesky adverts.
I am loathe to admit I did a bit of stockpiling before I started, of pants tights, some new boots to replace my 8 year old Dc Martens and a new bra things like that. Shameful I know, but as I’ve already admitted I am addicted. It’s more about what I’m trying to achieve than what I’ve done in the past.
I feel I buy clothes thinking my life will somehow be massively improved by buying yet another item of clothing. Thinking i’d look so much better in that or I look terrible in all my clothes. When really a piece of clothing makes very little difference to my life. I need to stop this idea that I must keep up with trends and look different or fresh. Looking and feeling good is mostly a state of mind. The way fashion is so diverse now anyway, no one knows if you bought you clothes 5 years ago or this season.
I know I’m not alone in this, but I am guilty of having clothes in my wardrobe that still have the tags on. It feels selfish to me now. I have a friend who is doing the same, although 6 months into her year stint. She plans to give all the money she would of spent to charity. Now that is asking for some good karma, don’t you think?
I love fashion and am probably guilty of my own personal contribution to climate change. I have decided to abandon all clothes shopping for a whole year, from the 1st on November 2019. I have been thinking about doing it for a while now, for a variety of reasons. Main reason is for the planet and to simplify my life. I own a lot of clothing and really don’t need any more belongings. There is obviously the financial gain as well losing the guilt of being major consumer.
It may not seem like much to some people, but I know I will find this a huge challenge at times. I have been trying to buy mainly vegan cosmetics for year or two and have dramatically cut down on my meat and dairy. Although the draw to Halloumi is often too overwhelming for me.
I thought I would share my story of my year. Hopefully I will inspire some others to do the same. I plan to share some fashion tips and ideas, my struggles (bound to be many) and share how much money I end up saving. Hopefully achieving my goal of no clothes before November 1st 2020.